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Space Heater Reminders as We Head into Winter

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Keeping warm in the winter months can be challenging, especially living in Michigan. Homeowners often use space heaters to help keep warm. Although these heaters are effective for providing extra warmth, they can also be very dangerous.

What you should know:

  • 80% of home heating fires involve space heaters.
  • 32% of home heating fires are caused by space heaters.
  • 24% of home heating fire deaths were due to space heaters placed too close to furniture, bedding, clothing or upholstered.
  • 50% of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February.

What you should do:  

  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
  • 3 Ft. Rule. Make sure the space heater is at least 3 feet from anything that can burn.
  • Do not place a space heater in a damp room. Humid air can cause the space heater to short, leading to an electrical hire.
  • Never leave a space heater on when you leave the house.
  • Make sure all smoke alarms are working and are on every level of your home. It is also recommended to test them monthly.
  • Always place the space heater on a hard, level and nonflammable surface.
  • Avoid using an extension cord. Plug a space heater directly into an outlet with enough capacity.

In case of a home heating fire, SERVPRO of Romulus is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly. Give us a call at 734-992-3138

Cleaning up Fire Damage in your Romulus Home

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage can be the most devastating things to happen to your home. Once the fire is put out and everyone is safe, it is important to act quickly on cleaning up the damage.

The first 48 hours after a fire can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

Here are some WHAT TO DO tips while waiting for a SERVPRO Franchise Professional to arrive:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating lubricant.
  • Was both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave the system off until a trainer professional can check the system.

What NOT to Do After Water Damage:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contracting your SERVPRO Professional.
  • Attempt a shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call SERVPRO of Romulus at 734-992-3138. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals work hard to help fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

What to Know About Blackwater

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

A flood can be devastating and a dangerous experience, whether it is big or small. To stay safe, it is imperative to understand the hazards of black water.

Blackwater is referred as wastewater that is contaminated with human waste and other fecal matter. Blackwater comes from flush toilets and contains human waste including:

  • Urine
  • Fecal matter
  • Used Toilet paper

Raw sewage is also considered as blackwater. Blackwater is full of dangerous bacteria and pathogens, causing serious health threats to those who encounter it. The unsanitary liquid can cause illness in both humans and pets.

It is also important to be aware of greywater after a flood. Instead of human waste, greywater includes household wastewater containing water from:

  • Bathtubs and showers
  • Washing machines
  • Dishwashers
  • Sinks

If you are experiencing dangerous water from flooding, it is best to limit your contact with it. Do not try to clean up the water yourself, call our SERVPRO team instead. Our team will act quickly to remove dangerous water and restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

Call us at 734-992-3138 for more information regarding flood damage and how you can be prepared.

If your home floods, call SERVPRO

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

It is tragic when a flood brings devastation and water damage to a home. But rapid water removal, clean up and repairs certainly must get under way for you home to get back to normal with minimal losses.
 
Safety is a top priority. After the flood damage, evaluation of the home's safety issues must be completed before you dare to enter your home again. 
 
You do need to call your insurance agent to ascertain if you are covered under your standard home owners policy or if you do possess flood insurance. An insurance adjuster will be dispatched to your property to inspect the damage and eventually offer a settlement. Ask for help in retaining a competent water damage restoration company. SERVPRO does work with many agencies and municipalities in Michigan. We can assess and document all water damaged items, help you with your claims and paperwork, and expedite the water removal and restoration. We can check your home for structural damage and any possible electrical issues since water and electricity are a dangerous duo. This inspection will indicate to you the severity of the water damage that your home has suffered and any potential health issues you may have to address during the process of getting the flood damage repairs done on your home. 
 
When these concerns have been addressed, and if you have been given permission to enter your home, you should also document all the flood causing water damage for insurance purposes. Be sure that you do take pictures of the flooded areas of your home and any damaged belongings, including damaged furniture. This, along with the input from SERVPRO,  will help you to be fairly compensated by the insurance company. 
 
Once you have done the documentation and the adjuster had done his inspection, then the clean up starts to get under way. The home needs to be made dry and needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent any other damage from occurring. This will also lessen the likelihood of mold and mildew growth. Contamination is a given if the flooding is the result of groundwater intrusion, whether from rain, bodies of water, or a sewage blockage. Do not attempt to clean and sanitize on your own. The potential for future illness is too great.
 
It is wise to call the professionals from SERVPRO; because they can immediately begin to pump out the water and mitigate on-going water damage. And they have the skill and knowledge, along with the professional equipment required to start and complete the entire restoration process for you. 
 
After the water removal and clean up are in operation, then repairs need to be done. They could be extensive, depending on how much structural damage has occurred and the condition of the contents of your property. SERVPRO can start with water removal and finish your project with complete water damage restoration "Like it never even happened."

Fire damage in your Romulus home?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage incidents happen very frequently. They can cause issues in the home. Many things cause fires. Among the common causes of fires are lightning strikes, cigarette mishaps, electrical issues, and the most common--kitchen accidents. In many cases, you can extinguish flames quickly. The damages are minimal. However, some fires last a long time and can result in greater damages done to the property. 
 
A small fire can cause a staggering amount of damage in a home. Often, it is only a particular room in the home that is charred, but the damages may have an extension beyond that area. For one thing, smoke that comes from the fire can fill up the whole place. The smoke often circulates in several rooms. Smoke damage occurs when acidic ash or chemicals react with metals, plastics, and wood. Corrosion often occurs. Smoke can permeate the carpets and other soft surfaces such as fabrics, drapes, and clothing. Soot is the by-product of partially combusted plastics, vinyl, and other non-cellulose fuel sources. This results in stains because of the oily nature of soot. SERVPRO utilizes specialized dry sponges to clean carefully hard surfaces. With proper technical work, using the IICRC standards of cleaning, many materials can be salvaged (think drywall) ready for repainting. Why demolish building materials if restoration, rather than replacement is an option? The professionals can remove damage caused by soot and smoke by also cleaning and deodorizing the HVAC system. 

You should call a professional when there is a fire of any consequence because only a professional fire damage restoration service can thoroughly take care of the fire and smoke damages done to the home. There is a process involved in repairing the ruin done to the home. This process includes the assessment of the home. They need to dry the water that has resulted from the fire. There is also an inspection that needs to occur. After the review and the assessment process, the restoration work can begin. 
 
SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor is one company that is well equipped to handle fire damage. Employing ozone machines, thermal and chemical foggers, and air scrubbers, these highly skilled experts will return your home to its pre-fire damage condition "Like it never even happened."

Let SERVPRO help your home

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Although there are many challenging matters that residential property owners must handle following a fire, smoke damage can be a uniquely difficult remediation process. However, learning more about how smoke damage can impact your property and what steps you should take to restore your home can help you avoid anxiety and limit fees on repairs. Get the basic information you need on these important matters by reading the information provided by SERVPRO.

Why Smoke Damage Remediation Can Be Challenging. The complications and difficulties result from several issues, including that the smoke can permeate all areas of your home. Moreover, toxic chemicals from the smoke can generate substantive health risks, if present. Additionally, there are multiple kinds of smoke that can exist on your property. Each class requires a different set of treatment chemicals and equipment to ensure that the removal process is effective. For example, dry smoke from wood and wet smoke from plastics react to cleaning products in distinct ways. Attempting to remove smoke or soot with the wrong process or chemicals can further damage property by sealing the unwanted odors and stains into your carpets, floors, ceilings, and walls.

How The Professionals from SERVPRO Can Assist You. Although the smoke damage can seem like an overwhelming issue to deal with, securing professional remediation services can be immensely helpful. Smoke damage remediation specialists possess the licensing, certification, and equipment necessary to complete each component of the restoration process. In many cases, insurance agents provide homeowners with referrals to reputable smoke damage remediation companies. Our company is listed as a preferred vendor by many insurance and management companies. Many government fire and smoke damage projects have been performed by SERVPRO.

Why A Smoke Damage DIY Cleanup Usually is Unsuccessful. Smoke damage remediation is a process that you should not attempt to complete on your own. Homeowners rarely possess the specialized equipment and cleansers necessary to complete the work properly. Special foggers utilizing a variety of chemicals for destroying odor causing smoke and for deodorizing are needed. Puff-back from a furnace can inject soot into the unseen voids of the structure leading to staining and unwanted odors. Additionally, not having the proper protective clothing and gear can put you at risk of inhaling residual fumes from the fire or the cleaning products. Finally, there are several aspects of the remediation process that must be completed to ensure that your home is once again a safe, sanitary place. Disinfecting and sanitizing require extensive job knowledge and field training. 

Let SERVPRO Handle Your Smoke Damage Remediation Needs. Once smoke damage in your property requires remediation, delaying service only adds to the cost, the amount of lost personal items, and secondary damages to the structure. SERVPRO Industries, LLC training, based upon the cleaning standards of the IICRC, provide our skilled technicians with the knowledge to restore your home to its preloss condition whenever possible. Like it never even happened.

24-Hour Emergency Fire Restoration Service

Fire emergencies can happen without warning and don’t wait for regular business hours, so we’re ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including holidays. 

SERVPRO can get your business up and running

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor

SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

Commercial Fire Damage

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damage repair may not be something you think you will ever need for your business, but the unfortunate reality is some businesses will experience a fire damaging event. Fires can be caused by an electrical shortage from overloading an extension cord to a lightning strike. Especially common are cooking accidents in restaurants. As soon as the flames are extinguished by firefighters, you may begin to worry what steps are required to resume business as usual. The best advice is to be prepared for this possible event and have a plan.

The Damage Caused by a Fire 
When you experience commercial fire damage to your business, you may reflect on the mess left behind in the charred ruins of the property. However, the damage you need to contend with will go far beyond the ashes. To repair the property entirely after experiencing a damaging fire, you will need to seek the help of a professional team like SERVPRO. Water may have to be extracted after the firefighters' efforts. The smoke damage may cause more of a problem that the burnt materials from the fire. While a fire may be contained in one area of the building, smoke can fill most or all of the areas, and it can cause significant damage and odors. Our trained Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can resolve these issues. When smoke and water damage are dealt with appropriately, the structure will not show any aftereffects. "Like it never even happened."

A fire loss within your enterprise, whether a retail store, rental apartment building, professional office, or a warehouse, costs you customer goodwill and loss of profitability when business cannot be conducted. We can generate a corporate program called the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS.) This report will categorize all affected materials, furniture and equipment, stock, electronics, and documents. We suggest what is salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The final decision rests with you and your insurance company as to how we proceed. SERVPRO is a preferred commercial fire damage restoration company to more than 300 insurance companies, federal and municipal entities, and property management companies. We willingly coordinate efforts with your insurance adjuster to efficiently and economically restore your business in the best manner possible.

When to Make the Call 
After you have dealt with commercial fire damage, you may ask yourself when do you need to make the call to a professional for assistance. The time to contact SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor as soon as the fire is out. Our business is to get you back in business! Rely on us, 24/7 for an immediate response.

Storm Damage? We're There 24/7

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Restoring storm and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

This is important because in many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. We arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.

If you have storm damage call us now at 734-992-3138

Water Damage Restoration from SERVPRO

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

It is tragic when a flood brings devastation and water damage to a home. But rapid water removal, clean up and repairs certainly must get under way for you home to get back to normal with minimal losses.
 
Safety is a top priority. Afterf the flood damage, evaluation of the home's safety issues must be completed before you dare to enter your home again. 
 
You do need to call your insurance agent to ascertain if you are covered under your standard home owners policy or if you do possess flood insurance. An insurance adjuster will be dispatched to your property to inspect the damage and eventually offer a settlement. Ask for help in retaining a competent water damage restoration company. SERVPRO does work with many agencies and municipalities in Michigan. We can assess and document all water damaged items, help you with your claims and paperwork, and expedite the water removal and restoration. We can check your home for structural damage and any possible electrical issues since water and electricity are a dangerous duo. This inspection will indicate to you the severity of the water damage that your home has suffered and any potential health issues you may have to address during the process of getting the flood damage repairs done on your home. 
 
When these concerns have been addressed, and if you have been given permission to enter your home, you should also document all the flood causing water damage for insurance purposes. Be sure that you do take pictures of the flooded areas of your home and any damaged belongings, including damaged furniture. This, along with the input from SERVPRO,  will help you to be fairly compensated by the insurance company. 
 
Once you have done the documentation and the adjuster had done his inspection, then the clean up starts to get under way. The home needs to be made dry and needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent any other damage from occurring. This will also lessen the likelihood of mold and mildew growth. Contamination is a given if the flooding is the result of groundwater intrusion, whether from rain, bodies of water, or a sewage blockage. Do not attempt to clean and sanitize on your own. The potential for future illness is too great.
 
It is wise to call the professionals from SERVPRO; because they can immediately begin to pump out the water and mitigate on-going water damage. And they have the skill and knowledge, along with the professional equipment required to start and complete the entire restoration process for you. 
 
After the water removal and clean up are in operation, then repairs need to be done. They could be extensive, depending on how much structural damage has occurred and the condition of the contents of your property. SERVPRO can start with water removal and finish your project with complete water damage restoration "Like it never even happened."